Eagle Valley hosts its own victory | VailDaily.com

Eagle Valley hosts its own victory

Andrew Harley
Vail Daily/Coreen Sapp Eagle Valley first baseman Owen Stanford makes the grab Saturday in Gypsum but gets pulled off the bag against Olathe. The Devils split the twin bill with the visiting Pirates.

The folks at the Eagle Valley Invitational made use of Saturday’s sunshine as the track meet began at approximately 10 a.m. and ended somewhere around 6:30 p.m. The gorgeous weather seemed to inspire many of the student-athletes to record personal bests in their events.

The Devils boys won the meet with 88 points. The Saints boys finished 18th, and the Huskies placed 15th. The Rifle and Steamboat Springs girls tied for the overall. The Devils placed sixth. The Saints took seventh and the Huskies placed 14th.

“I’m very pleased, so far,” said Eagle Valley coach Jeff Shroll midway through the day. “I’m proud of our team. I don’t know if we’ll win today’s meet, but if we do, it will be the first time we’ve won our own meet since I’ve been coaching.”

And win the Devils boys did.

Devils set records

The Devils put together one of their best meets in Eagle Valley Invitational history.

Among the top-three finishers were Sean Matheson, Brad Gamble and the boys 400-relay team.

“We’ve got two new school records. Sean Matheson broke his own record from last week in the open 100. He broke a 20-year-old record his first meet of his life – this is his second meet of his life. And, so far he’s got three first-places. The 4-by-100 broke a new school record,” said Shroll.

Matheson ran the 100-meter dash in 10.80 seconds for a new school record and a first place. The boys 800-meter relay team ran a 1 minute, 32.66 seconds for first place. The Devils boys 400-meter relay team took first place in 43.92 seconds. Gamble won both the 300-meter hurdles and the 110-meter hurdles – with a time of 40.41 seconds in the 300 and 14.8 seconds in the 110.

“Brad Gamble’s first place in the 300 hurdles was his best time of the year, so far. Jacob Rivera threw the discus the best of his life,” said Shroll.

Peterson, Glandorf shine for Saints

Leslie Peterson, Rachel Glandorf and some Vail Christian relay teams placed well on Saturday.

Peterson took second place in the 100 as well as the 400-meter dash. Among Glandorf’s achievements for the day was a second in the 800. The girls 800-meter relay team took third.

“It was really exciting. We haven’t worked that much, and they ran quite a bit faster,” said Saints coach Bob Isbell.

Peterson ran her best time of the season in the 400 by almost a full second.

“Rachel was second, and she was a little disappointed by her time, but we doubled her in the 200 and 400, so I thought she ran a real good race,” Isbell said.

The Vail Christian boys put up a solid day themselves.

“Kyle Morris ran a good time in the 100. He ran a 11.5 and was fourth,” said Isbell.

Jonathan Armstead set a new school record in the shot put.

“The sprinters are doing really well. We continue to improve every week, and all the girls are working incredibly hard for as early on in the season as it is and we’re just happy about the way it’s coming – after spring break, especially,” said sprinting coach Erik Peterson.

“We are really excited because we had a lot of personal bests today from almost every one of our athletes – not just Leslie and Rachel and Kyle Morris and Jonathan Armstead in the shot put,” said Isbell. “Realistically, for most of us, this is just our second track meet.”

Huskies show potential

Battle Mountain had a relatively good day – despite the fact that the Huskies didn’t place well in the overall standings.

The 3200-meter boys relay team took third place with a time of 9:04.76.

The girls showed potential for great improvement at Saturday’s meet.

“I think that a lot of the girls hit their personal records. What we want to see is the girls improvement every week, so it was encouraging – especially the with the long jumpers and the triple jumpers,” said Huskies coach Lance Pratt.

Mary Kate Zellers had a personal best in the 100, Brittany Adamson ran a strong 100-meter hurdles with an 18.08, Katie Lindbloom and Brie Schafer both had personal bests in the 300-meter hurdles and Lauren Vickers had a personal best in the triple jump.

Grant Stevenson had a personal record in the mile run with a time of 5:05, Travis Scholl and Jeff Schadl ran a PR in the 400.

“We had a bunch of boy jumpers that PR-ed, too. I think Jeff Schadl hit a long jumping PR and Ken Roberts PR-ed a high jump and a long jump,” said Pratt. “So, overall, weather and that many kids getting personal bests is pretty impressive and that’s what we try to encourage.”

Andrew Harley is a sports writer for the Vail Daily. He can be reached at 970-949-0555, ext. 610, or at aharley@vaildaily.com.

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